You’ve just been notified you’re invited back for a second-round interview for a job you really want. First of all, congratulations are in order because this is a very big deal.

Clearly, you made a great impression at the first interview. To prepare for it you likely dressed to impress, prepared responses to common interview questions, and were mindful of your body language. Taking these steps the second time around will also be important, but you’ll need to step it up a notch.

In this round, the candidate pool is smaller and the scrutiny is more intense. Use this knowledge to prepare accordingly so you can present yourself as the best person for the job.

4 Tips to Help You Shine in Your Second Interview


Request an Agenda

There’s a good chance your second-round interview will be much longer than the first. You’ll likely be meeting with several people and maybe even spending the day at the office. Consequently, it will be very helpful to have an agenda for the day to reference.

If you haven’t already received it, ask your contact at the company to send you the agenda. This will include important information such as the names of your interviewers, the length of each meeting, and any skills tests you’ll be expected to take.

Research Your Interviewers

The people who will be interviewing you hold the fate of your career in their hands. Therefore, making a great impression is a must. Knowing their first and last names beforehand — i.e., via an agenda — is a must so you can research them.

Having the ability to learn a few facts about them will allow you to find some common ground that you can subtly ease into conversion. People like others they feel a connection to, so this will give you a competitive edge.

Learn More About the Company

Right now you know at least the basic information about the organization its history, products and services, and recent updates in the news. However, you will likely be questioned much deeper on your company knowledge in the second round, so you need to dig deeper.

Conduct an in-depth review of the company website, blog, social media pages, and anything else you can find online so you can garner as much information as possible. This will increase the chances you won’t be caught off guard with any company-related questions you don’t know how to answer.

Consider What You’ll Bring to the Team

A second interview is a time to really sell yourself for the job. The hiring manager clearly sees your potential, so drive your fit home by knowing what you have to offer. Be able to explain your unique strengths and experience that make you the best person for the job.


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